Nashville Symphony Trombone Festival
Fri., June 24, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., June 25, 7:30 p.m. 2011
The Walls of Jericho would have a hard time withstanding the power of all the trombonists descending on Nashville this weekend. For its 40th anniversary, the International Trombone Festival is returning to Nashville, its city of origin. And it's celebrating the milestone with the world premiere of an important new work, Daniel Schnyder's jazz-inflected Concerto for Trombone. James Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, will solo in the new concerto alongside Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. This weekend's program will feature two other works that prominently feature brass. Leonard Bernstein's Three Dance Episodes from On the Town is a jazzy mix of theater and symphonic music, while Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances is a harmonically rich and rhythmically vital essay for the entire orchestra.